NEWS REVIEW INDIA
April 2009

NEWS REVIEW – INDIA

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Trivitron and Brandon Medical (UK) announces JV for manufacturing advanced OT Lights in India

Trivitron recently announced its alliance with Brandon Medical, U.K to manufacture advanced OT Lights. Through this tie-up, Brandon Medical will manufacture shadow less lights used for operation theatres by setting up its manufacturing facility at Trivitron’s Medical Technology Park in Chennai, India.

Located in Leeds, England, Brandon Medical UK, is one of the leading manufacturers of lights for operation theatres. The company designs and manufacture its range of products which caters to the requirements of the international market. Brandon Medical product range include operating theatre lamps, mobile operating lamps, minor surgical / examination lamps, surgeons control panels and emergency power systems.

Commenting on the JV, Dr. G.S.K. Velu, Managing Director, Trivitron, says “We are happy to be associated with Brandon Medical. Our focus in setting up a medical technology park in India is to manufacture medical equipments in the areas of critical care, cardiac care, imaging and routine laboratory diagnostics. The objective is to manufacture quality and cost-effective medical technology products suited to the needs of developing countries. Products  manufactured in India would be 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than imported ones and even rural hospitals would be able to afford them.”

Welch Allyn Partners with BPL Healthcare to Support Emerging Indian Market

Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, announced that it has partnered with BPL Healthcare to provide easy access of state-of-the-art products, world class services and localized training programs for medical practitioners, hospitals and the public health system at large in India. Through this partnership, BPL Healthcare will serve as a Welch Allyn Master Distributor, putting the company closer to its prospective customers and better positioning it to provide innovative products that meet the growing needs of healthcare professionals in this part of the world.

The occassion also marked the launch of e-Clinic – a joint initiative of these two companies to provide state-of-art primary healthcare center or family health clinic set up, using world class diagnostic instruments. “The BPL Healthcare business unit has one of the most comprehensive service and delivery systems in India,” said Con Hickey, senior vice president, Asia Pacific at Welch Allyn. “The strategic alliance between Welch Allyn and BPL provides us with a tremendous opportunity to broaden our reach in this country.”

On the occasion of signing the MOU, Mr. Ajit Nambiar, Chairman and Managing Director of BPL Ltd., said “BPL’s focus on diagnostic products for the point-of-care will only drive healthcare costs down and make modern healthcare facilities available to the masses.” Launching the e-Clinic, Mr. Nambiar said, “such a show and tell demonstration facility will showcase global trends of a greatly empowered and connected GP clinic. The e-Clinic will represent a new paradigm as an integrated point of care or primary healthcare center.”

Hosmac opens new office in Guwahati, Assam

Mumbai based Hosmac has announced the opening up of a new branch office in Guwahati, which is a part of the broader plans of the company to expand it’s presence in the Eastern region (in addition to Kolkata and Patna).

The new office reinforces the company’s belief in improving customer support and proximity, which effectively sets it apart from most of its competitors. It already has three key projects in the East – two specialty hospitals in Assam and one medical college project for the Government of Manipur. Also in the pipeline are NRHM and other government funded projects.

“For consultancy to be effective and acceptable it is very important to understand the psyche of the region” says Dr. Vivek Desai, MD of Hosmac “It is our strong conviction that the NE region will see a lot of developmental initiatives in the healthcare sector in the days to come. Hopefully, with a branch office in the region, Hosmac would be able to catalyze and add value to such initiatives.”

SoftLink International installs C-PACS in Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai

Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, one of the pioneering healthcare institutions in India, recently installed an advanced cardiology PACS from SoftLink International, replacing its old stand alone Workstation solution procured from SoftLink.

In last couple of years, a number of significant changes have occurred in image capture, archiving, data retrieval. Integration with information systems and networked approach have dramatically changed the outlook of the management, which decided to implement C-PACS, Cardiology Imaging Network Solution by upgrading traditional stand alone workstation.

Softlink deployed C-PACS solution connecting to Cathlab with approximately one year of on-line storage on a high-end RAID L5 server for total storage and security of patient images.

The Medical director of the Hospital Dr. Mohanty said, “The Solution has enabled doctors to access patient studies from diagnostic review stations on the hospital’s LAN and they are no longer required to visit Cathlab for accessing patient studies”. He further added “Two networked enterprise review stations that are strategically placed to increase physicians’ access to recent as well as the older images during patient interaction and consultation, resulting in improved workflow as well as patient care in the cardiology department.”

‘CyberKnife’, introduced by Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital, Chennai

The Apollo Hospitals Group recently introduced the advanced ‘CyberKnife’ Robotic Radio Surgery System in Asia Pacific region, by launching it at the Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital in Chennai. ‘Cyberknife’ is the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body.

Unveiling the ‘CyberKnife’, Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “India is today a global hub for world-class healthcare and we will be adding another highlight with the launch of the CyberKnife� Robotic Radiosurgery System in the country”.

Developed by Dr. John.R.Adler M.D, Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology at Stanford University Medical Centre, the CyberKnife uses real time image guidance technology and computer-controlled robotics to deliver an extremely precise dose of radiation to targets, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue and adjusting for patient and tumor movement during treatment. Elaborating on patient benefits, Dr. Sanjay Chandrasekar, Senior Consultant Radiation Oncology, Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital said, “Many complications associated with other conventional cancer therapies are minimised by CyberKnife system. It can be used to treat multiple tumors and those previously considered inoperable. Many of the treatments can also be performed on outpatient basis”.

Frontier Mediville medicity project near Chennai accorded SEZ status

The first medicity project in the country – Frontier Mediville, promoted by Chennai-based Dr KM Cherian’s Frontier Lifeline Hospital, has been given the status of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Coming up with an investment of Rs 1,500 crore, the medicity will begin operations with the setting up of a national medical science park and a 1,000-bed multi-speciality bio-hospital.

The bio-hospital would be the first of its kind in India and one among the 18 proposed around the world. The proposed medicinal science park would be a hub for R&D in regenerative medicine and in advanced scientific areas such as nano-technology and genetic engineering.

Fortis expanding Escorts as a separate unit

Hospital chain Fortis Healthcare is expanding its flagship cardiac hospital brand Escorts Heart Institutes’ as a separate unit within its newly acquired hospitals. It has already opened Escorts Heart Institute in Chennai’s Malar Hospital and plans to position the brand as a cardiac speciality unit in its other recently acquired multispeciality hospitals.

Fortis is expanding its presence both within India and abroad. In 2007, Fortis acquired Malar Hospital and last month forayed into the international market by acquiring Clinique Darne in Mauritius. In January it also bought over Bangalore-based Apollo RM Hospital. Fortis Healthcare CEO and MD Shivinder Singh said, “We have a good cardiac team in Malar Hospital who can go with the reputation of the Escorts brand. We may consider expanding Escorts brand in other new hospitals including Clinique Darne in Mauritius.”

Cryo-Save plans AsiaPacific growth strategy through India

Cryo-Save Group, Europe’s largest stem cell company announced its plans to scale up  investments by US$ 2 million in its 100% subsidiary Cryo-Save India and a similar amount for the rest of Asia Pacific region to meet the emerging demands of these two high-growth markets.

Rob Koremans, Group CEO, Cryo-Save said, “Our new business alignment is a reflection of the significant role India plays in the company’s growth strategy.

Cryo-Save is valued for its strong leadership presence in over 38 countries, cutting edge technology and fully automated storage facility that helps us to meet our customer’s needs”.

Speaking about the uniqueness of the Cryo-Save lab in India, Prof. Colin McGuckin, Scientific Director, Cryo-Save India and creator of ‘mini liver’ said, “Our lab in Bangalore adheres to GMP & highest international standards. I was very impressed by it and we would be looking at Bangalore lab to do some of our projects”. Mr.V.R.Chandramouli, Managing Director, Cryo-Save India informed, “Women in India are slowly but steadily realizing the potential of banking their umbilical cord cells. Our endeavor like always has been to bring to the table a depth of expertise and experience in stem cell banking space and we plan to devise new marketing strategies to reach out effectively to our target audience”.

Philips, GE enters home healthcare market in India

Two of the leading healthcare technology providers, Philips and GE recently announced their almost simultaneous entry into the fast-growing Indian home healthcare market. Both these companies have launched their sleep therapy solutions and respiratory care solutions in India.

Philips added the Respironics product categories in obstructive sleep apnea management and home respiratory care to its existing healthcare product portfolio in India. Philips’ ‘in-hospital’ position was also strengthened through the introduction of Respironics’ strong non-invasive ventilation and respiratory monitoring products for hospitals and clinics. With this launch, India becomes the first country where Philips Respironics portfolio has been formally launched post the company’s global acquisition of Respironics in 2008.

On the other hand, GE’s home health solutions are added through its acquisition of Vital Signs Inc. and its subsidiary Breas Medical AB. While Vital Signs is a global provider of medical products applicable to a wide range of care areas such as anesthesia, respiratory, sleep therapy and emergency medicine, Breas Medical AB developed the ‘iSleep’ (sleep apnea management solution) and Vivo series of respiratory care solutions. Both Vital Signs and Breas Medical AB’s products will highly complement GE Healthcare’s leading anesthesia delivery, patient monitoring and acute respiratory offerings.

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